Spark Handheld Video Game Kit

A kit to teach soldering and programming for fun and profit!... yes it is Arduino compatible :)

Public Chat
Similar projects worth following
The Spark is a small video game kit. It has the parts, instructions, and code needed to build a console that is simple enough for beginners. If there is interest I will put together a few kits and put them on Tindie and GitHub.

Years ago my Dad had an office next to Radio Shack. I was thirteen or fourteen at the time. I would spend an hour or so daily browsing the parts wondering if I could build something cool. I stumbled upon an FM Transmitter Kit. It was a small kit with a PCB and all the parts and soldering instructions. I built it in an evening and took it to school. I still have friends that say, "Dude!, that kid built a walkie-talkie from scratch in the seventh grade and it worked!" It wasn't exactly from "scratch" but pretty close!

I now have a very rewarding career as an electronics designer and firmware engineer. I want to share with others the feeling I had the first time I put together a cool project. I hope the Spark fulfills this!

Here is a game video!

  • 1 × Custom PCB The main printed circuit board. It has all the parts labeled and a parts list on the front. It was specifically designed for easy soldering of both the surface mount and through hole parts.
  • 1 × Coin Cell Battery The Spark will run for nearly 48 hours straight on a single 2032 battery.
  • 1 × 3.5 mm Jack Used for two player games!
  • 1 × Battery Holder A 2032 coin cell battery holder.
  • 1 × OLED Display 48 x 64 Pixel white on black illuminated display

View all 13 components

  • The Spark on Indiegogo

    Jason Peterson03/18/2020 at 03:52 0 comments

    I decided to market this as kit see:

    Learn the story behind "Spark: A Mini Handheld Video Game Kit" and help us meet our goal. @indiegogo

  • Front Cover Update

    Jason Peterson12/20/2019 at 18:25 0 comments

    Here are some front cover variations I am working on!

  • Working on the Manual

    Jason Peterson11/14/2019 at 22:35 0 comments

    Here are a couple pics of the assembly manual.  I hope to have it finished this week. It is 5 x 7 spiral bound.

  • Quick Update

    Jason Peterson11/04/2019 at 18:45 0 comments

    I am finishing up on the manual and the code base this week.  I should have more to post shortly.  Thank you for the likes and follows! --Jason

  • Inspiration for Spark

    Jason Peterson10/22/2019 at 18:55 0 comments

    I spent hours pouring over the Radio Shack "Engineer's Notebook" project books.  What is unique about these books is that they had all the parts listed that you could purchase while you were at Radio Shack.  There are electronics suppliers and kit producers online now but none have captured the easy of building like the "Engineer's Notebook". I hope to capture the essence of these long forgotten manuals with the Spark Kit.

    Here is an "Engineer's Notebook" from my childhood:

View all 5 project logs

Enjoy this project?



alexrusskih wrote 05/22/2023 at 07:03 point

What sets the Spark Handheld Video Game Kit apart is its versatility. It allows users to not only play pre-existing games but also create and customize their own games using the provided tools and resources. This empowers users to unleash their creativity and explore the world of game development in a user-friendly manner. In addition to the gaming aspect, it's interesting to consider the broader impact of video games on society. Therefore, I want you to read article that will help you to know the potential of video games to address and engage with important social issues

  Are you sure? yes | no

Whationesurs wrote 11/19/2020 at 07:15 point

There are many options for how you can pump your rating in your favorite video game, and one of them is the site, which employs professional boosters and professionals in their field. I think you will really like this place.

  Are you sure? yes | no

Similar Projects

Does this project spark your interest?

Become a member to follow this project and never miss any updates